LETTERS FROM THE FIELD
Welcome to the Fall CSA everyone! We’re so excited to have our community of organic produce lovers joining us for another season as we savor the shift into some cooler weather and the crops that come along with that sweet relief. If this is your first season as a part of our CSA, welcome aboard- we have quite a few exciting community events this Fall to get you acquainted with the farm, the animals, and the staff.
With the heat index pushing temperatures into the low 100’s the past couple weeks, it’s been hard to say with a straight face that fall is in the air. But looking around the farm, Fall is definitely in the ground. We have brassicas galore- kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi, turnips, collards, mustard greens, cabbage…the list goes on. These are some of my favorite vegetables to mix into eggs or to throw into a big steaming pot with bacon and a little vinegar. But I would have to say that with as much of a fan as I am of the brassica family, it seems that cabbage loopers and gypsy moth caterpillars enjoy the tender young leaves even more. Though it’s quite whimsical to see the interestingly marked moths flitting about through the field, floating from leaf to leaf, in the back of your mind you can’t help but think of the eggs they are leaving behind that will soon turn into leaf chomping machines. Luckily there is a range of organically produced pest prevention, sometimes as simple as covering your rows with a tunnel of thin cloth called reemay. Despite these pests, we look forward to bringing you beautiful bouquets of leafy greens in the coming weeks.
One of my favorite things out at the river farm at the moment is watching the progress of the different varieties of gourds coming in. They were seeded by our young farm campers this past summer. We threw them in a couple of rows with our butternut squash as a bit of an afterthought, and I’ve been amazed at how they’ve taken off! Definitely keep an eye out for these festive fall decorations in your future shares…
As I write the rain has begun to fall, ushering in those cooler temperatures. Within a month or so all of the pecan trees out here by the river will begin to shed their leaves. The changing of the seasons can be a dramatic and exciting transition- what a joy to be a part of a community that participates in this transition through the food we share.
P.S. Be sure to come say hi at our first fun-filled event of the season- Spot, our big ol’ pig, is having a birthday party on October 7th!
Happy Fall Y’all!